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China's bodies to be measured

CHINESE researchers plan a nationwide project to update the country's database of adults' figure sizes - an essential tool for many industries.

The China National Institute of Standardization has applied to the Ministry of Science and Technology to carry out the project, the country's second since 1986, today's Legal Evening News reported.

CNIS, a non-profit national research body engaging in standardization research, had completed a pioneer mini census in Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and Xi'an cities, sampling 3,000 people aged between 18 and 65, the report said.

Researchers used three-dimensional scanners to work out 150-plus measurements on each body, CNIS researcher Zhang Xin told the newspaper.

The measurements include the height, weight, waistline, head circumference, shoulder breadth and arm and leg lengths.

Compared with the 1986 project, more detailed measurements - such as the height of the sole – were added, Zhang said.

These figures, recording the figure development of Chinese people, are essential to such industries as design and manufacturing of garments, buildings, furniture and transport vehicles, Zhang said.


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